Support a production and become involved in the creative process leading up to the opening night of your favourite opera or ballet.
As a Production Supporter you will be invited to attend closed working rehearsals, meet with artists and members of the creative teams and visit our technical departments. You could also experience the thrill of watching a performance from the wings of the Royal Opera House stage and see the artists take their curtain calls.
As a Role Supporter, you will be invited to watch the artist in your chosen role prepare for their performances and meet them backstage during the rehearsal process.
Production Syndicate opportunities
Boris Godunov Production Syndicate
This Season we will be launching an opera syndicate to support Richard Jones’s new production of Modest Mussorgsky’s Russian masterpiece. Bryn Terfel will make his eagerly anticipated role debut, taking on one of the greatest bass-baritone roles in the canon. The syndicate will bring together like-minded opera lovers who will follow the intense, fascinating rehearsals as this production comes together and gain insight into the creative process, culminating with a celebratory evening around a performance in March 2016.
NEW WHEELDON Production Syndicate
We are thrilled to announce a ballet syndicate for the 2015/16 Season to support Christopher Wheeldon’s mixed programme, which includes a new one act ballet based on the scandal surrounding the Portrait of Madame X by John Singer Sargent. The piece will include a newly commissioned score by Mark Anthony Turnage, and companion pieces After the Rain and Within the Golden Hour will be performed by The Royal Ballet for the first time with scores by Arvo Pärt and Ezio Bosso. The syndicate will bring together like-minded ballet lovers who will support this mixed bill together, seeing the new ballet in its creative stages and gaining insight in to the rehearsal process before the ballet opens to the public on 12 February 2016.
Frankenstein Production Syndicate
Our second ballet syndicate for the 2015/16 Season will support Liam Scarlett’s much-anticipated first full length work for the main stage. Scarlett’s unique language of movement was exemplified in his abstract works Asphodel Meadows and Viscera, but he has also produced dark, probing narrative works for the Company to great acclaim, both on the main stage and in the Linbury Studio. Designs for the production will be created by John Mcfarlane, who has worked with Scarlett on all his previous works for The Royal Ballet. Supporters will be invited to watch this work take shape from its formative choreographic stages right through to the opening night on 4 May 2016.
Tannhäuser Production Syndicate
This Season we will bring together like-minded Wagnerian opera lovers to support Tim Albery’s award-winning revival of Wagner’s Tannhäuser.
This masterpiece had controversial beginnings; its premiere in Dresden on 19 October 1845 was met with incomprehension as none of the cast, particularly the title character, were up to the score’s singular demands. This is a far cry from today where the title role of this much-loved opera is seen as one of the most challenging and rewarding roles for Heldentenor – a role which will be sung by Peter Seiffert in this revival; Peter won an Grammy Award for his recording of Tannhäuser with Barenboim. Supporters will enjoy meeting the Creative Team and Artists, Sitzprobe and orchestral rehearsals and invitations to tailored events right up to the first night in April 2016 and a celebration around a performance during the run.
Opera has become a hugely important and integral part of my life and, although I still consider myself very much a novice, my appreciation and understanding grows with every performance. Our most recent endeavor, to support a production syndicate for the Verdi Opera Season during 2013 and specifically the role of Don Carlos, was truly the pinnacle of our operatic experiences to date. It offered rare access to meet the principal singers, as well as the supporting cast, the magnificent orchestra and the brilliant chorus members too, whose professionalism and dedication never fails to impress me.
Yes, of course, this level of involvement entails a financial commitment but the rewards are exceptional, genuine and most definitely life-enhancing.
Virginia Slaymaker, supporter of Don Carlo 2012-13
Supporting a role means a donation, yes, but it is so much more than that. It provides the opportunity to get a remarkable insight into the intricacies of staging a world class production at Covent Garden. Our support ends with a strengthened respect for the talent, dedication and professionalism of the large team that is involved.
Cynthia Brown and Andy Tomkins, supporter of Les Troyens 2011-12
Read more about Cynthia Brown and Andy Tomkins experience of supporting a role in David McVicar’s Les Troyens.
To discuss involvement either at role or production level, please contact:
David Spinola on +44 (0)20 7212 9748 or email@example.com